About Tiffany Mims Shedd
Tiffany Mims Shedd, is a self-taught artist from the American Southwest. Tiffany’s art is inspired by her western heritage and is refined by the struggles and joys she has experienced as a 21st century rural pioneer. She is driven to capture the awe inspiring beauty of the west and the rugged strength, resilience and tenderness of the people who reside there. She is especially interested in capturing the last of a way of life that is quickly disappearing.
Tiffany was born into a family with a strong western pedigree, stories of the west are not merely tales but rather family history. She grew up at a dinner table where her father and uncle shared stories of her cousin, the famous bandit Jessie James, her grandmother who survived being shot in the back as a child by railroad agents trying to acquire her family’s land, and her grandfather who was a sniper hired to protect a New Mexico rancher’s cattle from rustlers.
Her father, Bill Mims, was an aviation pioneer. His resume included training Royal Air Force Pilots in the southwest during WWII and flying sea planes off the California coast to Catalina Island. Tiffany spent her youngest years observing the buffalo that still roamed Catalina Island and marveling at the wonders of the Pacific through glass bottom boats along the California coast.
When Tiffany was in the second grade her father moved the family from Long Beach to rural Arizona. Her new school, a one room schoolhouse is now a historic landmark and museum. It was there that she met Rodney Shedd, the man who became her best friend and husband. After earning her law degree from the University of Arizona she has been involved in many of the water and agricultural issues effecting Arizona for the last 25 years, in addition to immersing herself into running her husband’s family farm and raising three children, cotton, cattle and wheat. Tiffany quickly discovered the struggles of the “new west and those are frequent themes in her art.
From western water fights to border struggles, Tiffany along with her husband Rodney, currently spend their time defending their farm, family, and legacy from natural disasters, economic hardship, and border struggles that has plagued the west throughout history. Knowing nothing other than a western lifestyle, Tiffany’s art honors the heritage that directs her and her family’s life while capturing the heartwarming moments that make the blood, sweat, and tears worth it.